ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski and Mike Napoli had run-producing hits in the first inning against their former team and the Boston Red Sox got above .500 for the first time since three games into the season with a series-clinching 5-2 victory at Texas on Sunday.
Napoli put the Red Sox ahead to stay with an RBI double, two batters before Pierzynski's two-run single. Both went to Boston as free agents after being in Texas — Pierzynski was the Rangers primary catcher last season, and Napoli was there the previous two years.
John Lackey (5-2) struck out nine while allowing two runs over seven innings.
Rangers lefty Robbie Ross (1-4) made it through 6 2-3 innings and a career-high 112 pitches.
ROYALS 9, MARINERS 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Alcides Escobar hit a grand slam and Johnny Giavotella added a three-run shot to give the Royals a comeback victory over the Mariners.
Escobar had provided a 4-0 lead for the Royals in the second with his first career home run off starter Roenis Elias. But the Mariners rallied behind two homers from Dustin Ackley and another from Kyle Seager before Kansas City took the lead in the seventh, scoring four runs off reliever Danny Farquhar (1-1).
Louis Coleman (1-0), who worked a scoreless sixth, earned the victory.
The Mariners committed a season-high four errors.
INDIANS 6, RAYS 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Tomlin won his second straight start, Nyjer Morgan and Michael Bourn both drove in two runs and the Indians beat the Rays.
Tomlin (2-0), who pitched just once in the big leagues last season after right elbow surgery in 2012, allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in his second outing this year.
Morgan hit his first major league homer since July 30, 2012, an eighth-inning solo shot.
Matt Joyce homered and had two RBIs for the Rays, who went 1-5 on their homestand. Chris Archer (2-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.